Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Recipe: How to Cook Artichokes

Artichokes are in season from March to May but they are one of the few green vegetables both my kids will eat so I have decided to serve them regularly. I made some homemade mayonnaise to go with the artichokes. The mayonnaise has a raw egg in it and it is rich and creamy-- like nothing my GF/CF/SF son has ever tasted. When something becomes a routine, it becomes easier to do because you don't have to think about doing it. So I encourage you to think about the healthy food that your kids like but that you don't serve often and try to make the effort to serve it on a weekly basis.

How to prepare artichokes:
1. Slice 3/4 inch off the tip of the artichoke with a large knife.
2. Cut the stem off the artichokes.
3. Trim the sharp ends of the artichoke with scissors or cut off on an angle with a sharp knife.
5. Rinse the artichoke in cold running water.
6. In a large pot, put a few inches or water with a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, and a bay leaf. Insert a steam basket. Add the artichokes and cover.
7. Cook for 45 minutes checking every so often to make sure the water hasn't evaporated completely.
8. Serve with olive oil, melted butter or homemade mayonnaise if you are GF/CF/SF!